Originally Posted by austinsdad
BTW, I've never used bleach to clean aquarium stuff. Just heard it mentioned more than a few times in the past.
Anybody wanna expound on it/'splain it further - for those like me and others who maybe were wonderin'? When would anyone use it? Extreme cleaning?
It is a very effective disinfecting "agent" that is commonly available to the average shopper.
It's often used to sterilize equipment for any number of reasons (after disease outbreak, after a quarantine has finished, etc.)
Bleach is also effective at the extreme cleaning -- soak whatever you want to clean in a bucket of water with some bleach added, wait a day or two, rinse == nice and clean! (yeah, some exceptions apply here...)
Of course, usual cautions and precautions apply when using bleach (read the side of the container)
Also, keep in mind anything cleaned with bleach will need to be thoroughly rinsed afterwards and some items (rubber suction cups, sponge filters, exposed metal, et al.) can damaged or destroyed by bleach exposure. So, use with caution.
Additional note; for those who decide they need or want to use bleach, make sure it is "pure" bleach (smells like a swimming pool, and the bottle should indicate this as well) and not the scented bleach that is available.